Introducing Cases for Kids!!!!!!!!!!

The finished project!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Even though the last year was really hard with cancer treatment, I’m so glad I was still able to participate in Girl Scouts. Besides the normal Girl Scout things of earning badges, having fun with friends, and selling cookies and things to earn money, I’ve also completed a journey and been working on my Bronze Award.

Hmm, “what is the Bronze Award?” you may be asking. Well, let me tell you. It’s the highest award a junior Girl Scout can earn. To be able to start on it you need to be a junior and have completed a journey. I did that, then I started my project.

Bronze Award projects are intended to help solve a problem in the community. They also require active leadership from the Girl Scout, and at least 20 hours of work on the project.

My experiences at the Children’s Hospital were the inspiration for my project.

I woke up from my first surgery to find my glasses, mask, and watch all in a biohazard bag. Glasses?, tossed in a bag with other things? There has to be a better way. I remembered one of my elderly friends at Tealridge Independent Living showing me a glasses case she received at a hospital. (Pre-covid I went once a week for bingo and made a lot of friends there). She was very excited about her case.

So, I thought, what if my bronze project helped other kids wake up to their glasses protected in a case instead of just in a bag?

That’s how Cases for Kids was born!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here are some highlights:

  • Talking to my Child Life Specialist at the hospital about the idea.
  • Meeting the volunteer coordinator at the hospital over the phone. She said she loved the idea!
  • Teaching 3 friends (and 1 dad) basic sewing machine safety and how to sew a case.

I’m so excited to deliver the cases soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They’re planning to use them both in surgery and also in the radiology department at the Children’s Hospital.


  1. Joanna we met at GKTW in june! This is amazing and Iā€™m so happy you got to make it happen!! All the best to you and your family <33

  2. This is such an awesome and thoughtful project! One of the things we never knew there was a need for, and you are helping meet that need. So proud of you, your friends (and dad) šŸ˜Š. Mom too

    1. Joanna, you are such an inspiration. You saw a need and you did something g about it. How thoughtful and caring are you! Congratulations on earning your Bronze Award- you deserve it.

  3. Joanna, you are a very thoughtful young lady. I am so proud of you. I am sure you are going to do many more great things. I am so happy we are related. i know you do not remember me but I do you. Love and Hugs.

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